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Damascus ready to cooperate with OPCW inquiry committee

SYRIA (OBSERVATORY) –┬áSpeaking on behalf of his country, the Syrian Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and Expatriates expressed his readiness to cooperate with the Organization of the Chemical Weapons Organization (OPCW) inquiry commission.

“The team of investigators came to Syria at the invitation of Damascus to investigate the alleged chemical attack. So far, a few meetings with this team have been held to discuss bilateral cooperation in order to carry out this mission impartially and transparently,” said Fay├žal Meqdad, Deputy Syrian Minister for Foreign Affairs and Expatriates,

“At all these meetings, Syria declared itself ready to cooperate and provide facilities to the commission of inquiry,” said Meqdad.

According to another report, the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister denied the British allegations that his country did not allow OPCW inspectors to enter Duma and said that the missile strikes carried out by the United States, France and the United Kingdom had made it impossible for the investigators to enter Duma.

“The strikes carried out by the United States, France and the United Kingdom are the main reasons that made the mission of the commission of inquiry in Douma impossible,” said Sergei Ryabkov, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister.

On Monday, April 16th, the OPCW organized a meeting in The Hague in the Netherlands on the alleged April 7 chemical attack in Duma in eastern Ghouta near Damascus.

On the night of April 13 to 14, the United States, France and the United Kingdom fired a hundred missiles on Syria on the pretext that Syria had used chemical weapons in Duma.

These strikes took place without the authorization of the United Nations, without any evidence and while the commission of inquiry had not yet begun its work.